“And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
During the Christmas season when my little Oliver was one year old, I was constantly hunting for the Baby Jesus.
Oliver loved our Fisher Price Nativity—but not the whole set. He ignored the sweet donkey and the sheep. He looked right past Joseph and Mary and the Innkeepers. He went straight for the Baby Jesus.
As the season progressed, I found the figurine in more and more unusual places. In front of the fridge, then behind a chair. On a shelf, or shoved under the couch, or thrown over the baby gate.
I began to worry that Oliver might hide the Baby Jesus somewhere I couldn’t find him. Christmas was coming, and the set would be missing its most important piece! I constantly asked Oliver, “Where’s your Baby Jesus?”
I needn’t have worried, because I found him every time.
Now Christmas is coming once again, and so I’ll ask you:
Where is your Baby Jesus?
Is He somewhere on your list of holiday to-dos? Is He taking a backseat to your errands? Is He lost amongst your Christmas purchases? Have you made Him into one of your beautiful decorations?
Every day and in every way, Jesus is the most important figure in our lives. But in our deep desire to celebrate Him each year, we can lose our focus on Him. Our stressed-out hearts tell us that we’re too busy to find quiet time with the One we’re celebrating.
In this post, I wrote a list of ways to focus all of your Christmas festivities on Him. I’d love for you to peruse those ideas and choose one thing to try this year—one new way to keep Jesus at the forefront of your family’s holiday season.
But my true challenge for you this season is to seek Jesus every day. Write it on your December calendar or within your planner pages. Each day, decide to come into a quiet time with Him. Ask yourself, Where’s my Baby Jesus today?
You’ll find Him every time.
Lies to Fight: I’m too busy to do my devotions or pray today. That can wait until January—I’ll start afresh in the New Year.
Where is my Baby Jesus?
All of this stuff will get done—right now, I will enjoy this quiet time with Him.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5
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Where is your Baby Jesus?
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